Morning Skate: Preseason vs. Buffalo

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 9:00 PM / News
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. BUFFALO SABRES
NATIONWIDE ARENA | 7 P.M.
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The Blue Jackets will start Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes tonight at Nationwide Arena, his first appearance of the preseason and his first for Columbus since a dramatic 3-1 win over Nashville on April 27. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner is expected to play two periods tonight before giving way to Mike McKenna, a free-agent signee by the Blue Jackets in July.

Columbus will dress a few players who made their exhibition debut on Sunday against Pittsburgh, including Artem Anisimov, RJ Umberger and David Savard.

Making their Blue Jackets debuts tonight against Buffalo are Spencer Machacek, Nick Moutrey, Patrick McNeill, Frederic St. Denis and McKenna. The Blue Jackets will have a good mix of regulars and new faces playing at Nationwide Arena this evening.

Here are complete rosters for both teams:


COLUMBUS
Forwards: Anderson - Jenner - Umberger, Foligno - Anisimov - Bjorkstrand, Marchessault - MacKenzie - Boll, Machacek - Joudrey - Moutrey 

Defensemen: Erixon - Savard, Tyutin - Johnson, McNeill - St. Denis

Goalies:
Bobrovsky
McKenna


BUFFALO
Forwards: Marcus Foligno – Cody Hodgson – Thomas Vanek, 
Zemgus Girgensons – Mikhail Grigorenko – Corey Tropp, 
Tyler Ennis – Johan Larsson – Joel Armia, John Scott – Matt Ellis – Jamie Tardif

Defensemen: Christian Ehrhoff – Tyler Myers, Alexander Sulzer – Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Brayden McNabb – Chad Ruhwedel

Goalies:
Ryan Miller
Matt Hackett






After Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh, Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards is looking for his team to play with more speed and intensity--similar to the style of what they would play in a regular season game. After a hard day of practice between games, expect a more physical style of play and a faster tempo from the Blue Jackets in their second exhibition game.

With a split squad (half of the Blue Jackets training camp attendees are in Minnesota to face off against the Wild, an 8 p.m. start), tonight's Blue Jackets roster looks a lot different from the one employed on Sunday. The Columbus roster for tonight's game is very young up front and has some experience on the back end, which basically means this game could be as unpredictable as one would expect an exhibition to be.

If you can't make it down to Nationwide Arena for the game tonight, be sure to follow along with our LIVE blog to ask questions, share insight and receive in-game updates from Rob Mixer and I throughout the game. We'll also have complete post-game coverage on BlueJackets.com upon the game's completion.






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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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